Winter Bark Folded Baskets
Join featured instructor Greg Johnson of Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin in this three day course to make traditional Anishinaabe folded birch bark baskets. This style of basket is used for maple sugar storage, but is a beautiful and useful addition to any home. When birch bark is harvested at a certain time of the year, it has a very thin layer that oxidizes and turns quite dark. This bark is called “winter bark” and is prized for basketry because designs can be scratched into the surface. To begin, the bark is folded and stitched with basswood cordage. Once completed, the basket itself becomes a field for storytelling with etched imagery. Students will choose from three patterns of baskets. All materials will be provided, this includes birch bark, basswood cordage, and two handmade tools, an awl and an etching tool, to take home for future projects.
This course will be part of Basket Week 2019! Plan to arrive a day early for the Basket Gathering on Friday, October 25 for demonstrations, talks and community gatherings.
You will need the following tools for this class:
All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.
Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.